A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is both a whimsical fantasy and a social satire chock-full of brilliant Twainisms. Hank Morgan, a nineteenth-century American---a Connecticut Yankee---by a stroke of fate is sent back into time to sixth-century England and ends up in Camelot and King Arthur's Court.
"A Classic Yarn"
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court tells the story of Hank Morgan, a 19th-century American - a Connecticut Yankee - who, after a blow to the head, awakens to find himself inexplicably transported back in time to early medieval England at the time of the legendary King Arthur.
After being knocked unconscious by a crowbar, Hartford, Connecticut, man Hank Morgan awakens to find himself in the legendary realm of Camelot, 1,300 years in the past, at the point of a lance. Though the savages in this ancient land immediately see fit to imprison him, Hank learns to use his modern 19th-century knowledge to easily outwit everyone he comes across, including King Arthur himself. With only a little effort, he establishes himself as a powerful sorcerer, feared by all and known only as "The Boss".
"Social Satire by the King of Satire"
Mark Twain's story of Hank Morgan, a 19th-century resident of Hartford, Connecticut, who, after a blow to the head, awakens to find himself inexplicably transported back in time to early medieval England at the time of the legendary King Arthur.
Hank Morgan is a mechanic, an engineer, and a foreman at the Colt Arms Factory. One day he gets into an argument, "conducted with crowbars," with an employee known as "Hercules." A blow to Hank's head sends him back to King Arthur's England in the Sixth Century.
"A Timeless Classic Well Read"
A blow on the head sends a practical Yankee back in time to King Arthur's court in medieval England. There, his Yankee ingenuity and knowledge of scientific theories startle the Knights of the Round Table. In the course of describing his hero's adventures, Mark Twain, the great satirist, takes the opportunity to make objects of mirth out of the ways of the Old World, the chivalry of knights, and the pomposity of kings.
Transported back in time to the regal days of chivalry, the quick-witted, sharp-tongued Connecticut Yankee introduces the legendary King Arthur and his court to some "magic" even the wizard Merlin never dreamed of: the destructive power of gunpowder, and the ability to eclipse the sun itself!
"Funny, Smart, and Timely"
Proizvedenie «Janki pri dvore korolja Artura» blistatel'nogo pisatelja Marka Tvena sochetaet v sebe fantastiku, znamenityj avtorskij jumor i parodiju na rycarskie srednevekovye romany. K tomu zhe jeto odna iz pervyh knig, opisyvajushhaja puteshestvie vo vremeni.Klassicheskij predstavitel' amerikanskogo naroda iz shtata Konnektikut poluchaet vo vremja potasovki udar lomom po golove.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, 1889) è un celebre romanzo dello scrittore e umorista statunitense Mark Twain. Rappresenta uno dei primi esempi di romanzo basato sul tema del viaggio nel tempo.Di questo romanzo, che alterna momenti toccanti a pezzi di grande umorismo, mai scontati, Mark Twain sembra quasi fare un manifesto dei propri principi e ideali. Apparentemente la civiltà moderna la vince alla lunga sul vecchio mondo, ma….
In this mischievous yarn by Mark Twain, a Yankee mechanic named Hank Morgan is knocked unconscious in a fight and awakens to find himself at Camelot in AD 528. Brought before the Knights of the Round Table, he is condemned to death, but saves himself by using his 19th-century scientific knowledge to pose as a powerful magician. After correctly predicting an eclipse, Hank is made minister to King Arthur, and goes on to counsel him on such matters as gunpowder, electricity, and industrial methods.
"Carl Reiner meets Mark Twain--great comedy team!"
Follow the story of a man who travels back in time just to end up in the most unusual of places, among the knights and wizards of medieval Europe in King Arthur's Court. Fighting off ignorance and promoting the inventions of later centuries, the man called by many "the Boss" becomes an adventurer and revolutionary, at times even against his will.
The story of Hank Morgan, a 19th-century American who is accidentally returned to sixth-century England, is a powerful analysis of such issues as monarchy versus democracy and free will versus determinism, but it is also one of Twain's finest comic novels, still fresh and funny after more than 100 years.
Cracked on the head by a crowbar in nineteenth-century Connecticut, Hank Morgan wakes to find himself in King Arthur's England. Branded by Twain's aptitude for broad comedy and biting social satire, the grim truths of Twain's Camelot, fear, injustice, ignorance, resound as clearly now as when it was written.
The hit on the head that sends Hank Morgan back through 13 centuries does not affect his natural resourcefulness. Using his knowledge of an upcoming eclipse, Hank escapes a death sentence, and secures an important position at court. Gradually, he introduces 19th century technology and soon has an easy life. He becomes "The Boss" of the Kingdom, second only to the King.
An ingenious Yankee mechanic, knocked unconscious in a fight, awakens to find himself in Camelot in 528 A.D. Imprisoned by Sir Kay the Seneschal and exhibited before the knights of the Round Table, he is condemned to death but saves himself by posing as a Merlin-like magician, correctly predicting an eclipse, and becoming a minister to King Arthur. He increases his power by applying 19th century knowledge of gunpowder, electricity, and industrial methods.
"Should have read this sooner!"
A blow on the head transports an arms-factory superintendent from Hartford, Connecticut, back to the old world of King Arthur's rule. He introduces modern conveniences and technology to the Knights of the Round Table and, while he's at it, makes the sun disappear!